Rev. Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe: R&B star Frank Ocean comes out – and exemplifies the community’s rejection of a ‘gay identity’

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 4:23 pm

R&B and Hip-Hop songwriter Frank Ocean has come out. Although it will [be] hotly contested in African American circles, some say Ocean is the first major artist to come out in both industries. For some time there has been rumors about Ocean’s down low trysts. But in Ocean’s new album Channel Orange, to be released [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe on South Africa’s ‘corrective rape’ of lesbians

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 8:03 am

To hear of human rights abuses of Uganda’s LGBTQ population is not new, sadly. Gay activist David Kato was the father of the Uganda’s LGBTQ rights movement. To many of his fellow countrymen Kato was a dead man walking once his homosexuality became public. The country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill dubbed “Kill the Gays bill” criminalizes same-sex [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: Black ministers follow Obama

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 8:00 pm

African-American ministers have come out for, and against, Obama’s stance on marriage equality. LGBTQ activists of African descent have pondered what would be the catalyst to rally those African-American Christian ministers to support same-sex marriage and engage the black community in a nationwide discussion. Last week the answer arrived in President Barack Obama’s support of [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: Romney’s gay fall guy Grenell

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 8:00 pm

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, likes to play it safe. Romney avoids controversy, by any means necessary—even if he has to lie, flip-flop for, or somersault. When the news hit on the evening of April 19th that Richard Grenell, an openly gay Republican, was appointed to be Romney’s national security and foreign policy [...]

How anti-sodomy laws were sunk – racism, jealousy, and a false police report

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 12:00 pm

If you love John Grisham’s fictional legal thrillers, you’ll be riveted to Dale Carpenter’s real life page-turner Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas. Carpenter is a Law professor at the University of Minnesota and is involved with LGBTQ legal issues. Told from the perspectives of the plaintiffs, arresting officers, attorneys, judges and prosecutors, [...]

The Hunger Games’ young racist fans

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 10:00 am

There’s a frenzy surrounding the blockbuster film and book The Hunger Games. But the fan attention around the movie has taken a decidedly different turn from the fervor the book caused. The schism originates from the difference between reading ­— where one’s visual images of characters can be both personal and individual — and watching — [...]

We are Trayvon Martin: LGBTQ and African Americans united by murder

By: Friday April 6, 2012 7:46 am

What does Trayvon Martin’s murder have to do with gay civil rights protection? The quick answer: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act (mostly known by Matthew Shepard’s name). And this might be the only option the Florida Justice Department has in moving forward to arrest George Zimmerman and charge him with [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe – Maid in America and ‘The Help’

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 4:00 pm

When Viola Davis lost the Oscar for best actress portraying an African American maid in Katherine Stockett’s The Help to Meryl Streep portraying former Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, there was a collective sigh of relief from many of us African American sisters. Tulane University [...]

Perhaps the most dangerous black gay man…Cleo Manago

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 4:00 pm

Cleo Manago is despised by some in the LGBTQ community. Descriptors like “homo demagogue,” contrarian, separatist, and anti-white are just a few that can be expressed in polite company. But to a nationwide community of same-gender loving (SGL), bisexual, transgender and progressive heterosexual African American men, Manago is the MAN!, seen as a visionary, game [...]

Hazing or hate crime?

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 12:00 pm

Robert Champion, Jr.’s murder may never be solved. Those who struck the fatal blows may never disclose whether they used the guise of hazing as an accidental homicide to cover up an intended hate crime. Champion was an unusual student to be at one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). He was openly [...]

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